PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: The Big Cheese by Jory John and Pete Oswald


The Big Cheese is the best at everything, and brags about it, too. When the annual Cheese-cathlon comes around, the Big Cheese is prepared to win, as always. But what happens when the quiet new kid, Wedge Wedgeman, comes out on top? Is a slice of humility all the Big Cheese needs to discover that some things are better than being the best? 

Jory John and Pete Oswald serve up another heaping plate of laughs and lessons with this empowering, witty, and charming addition to their #1 New York Times bestselling series!


If you love picture books and haven't yet discovered Jory John's and Pete Oswald's Food Group series you have been missing out. I've loved each one that I've read for their delightful illustrations and clever word use. This addition to the series follows The Big Cheese as he likes to call himself as he demonstrates his excellence. He brags about his skills and the prizes that he's won as he points out how he never tries anything new as that might lead to failure. Things change though when Wedge Wedgeman shows up and bests The Big Cheese at all the events of the Cheese-Cathlon. He is left stunned and alone, lying on his side in the mud. At this point he has a choice: wallow in his failure or pick himself up and go on his merry way. I loved how he chose to allow his failure to humble him into changing his ways. As in the other books in the series, the authors use clever idioms and word play to highlight emotional and mental health as well as relationship building. Another great book for enjoying but also great for teaching and talking to children about winning, losing, and the importance of humility in friendship. The Big Cheese is a winner after all.


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